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Wednesday, December 01, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 25:6-10
Psalm 23:1-6
Matthew 15:29-37

If we possessed every virtue, but lacked humility, those virtues would be without root and would not last.

-- St. Vincent de Paul

Thursday, December 02, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 26:1-6
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27
Matthew 7:21, 24-27

Whoever bids other folks to do right, but gives an evil example by acting the opposite way, is like a foolish weaver who weaves quickly with one hand and unravels the cloth just as quickly with the other.

-- St. Thomas More

Friday, December 03, 2010
St. Francis Xavier, Priest (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
Matthew 9:27-31

No wickedness, no heresy, not even the Devil himself can deceive anyone without counterfeiting virtue.

-- St. Dorotheos of Gaza

Saturday, December 04, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
Psalm 147:1-6
Matthew 9:35 --
10:1, 5, 6-8

When a man is purged of all attachment to things the judgement is left clear as the sky when the mists have dispersed. His joy is not dependent on creatures, for while his heart is set on none of them he possesses them all.

-- St. John of the Cross

Sunday, December 05, 2010
Second Sunday of Advent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12

O God, seeing you are so infinitely lovable, why have you given us but one heart to love you, and this so little and so narrow?

-- St. Philip Neri

Monday, December 06, 2010
St. Nicholas, Bishop (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 35:1-10
Psalm 85:9-14
Luke 5:17-26

It is only by sacrifice and suffering, offered as penance, that you will be able, by the grace of God, to convert sinners.

-- St. John Vianney

Tuesday, December 07, 2010
St. Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 96:1-3, 10-13
Matthew 18:12-14

We should not bear it with bad grace if the answer to our prayer is long delayed. Rather let us because of this show great patience and resignation. For He delays for this reason: that we may offer Him a fitting occasion of honoring us through His divine providence. Whether, therefore, we recieve what we ask for, or do not recieve it, let us still continue steadfast in prayer. For to fail in obtaining the desires of our heart, when God so wills it, is not worse than to recieve it ; for we know not as He does, what is profitable to us.

-- St. John Chrysostom

Wednesday, December 08, 2010
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Solemnity)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 98:1-4
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Luke 1:26-38

We adore you and we bless you, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all the churches which are in the whole world, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

-- St. Francis of Assisi

Thursday, December 09, 2010
St. Juan Diego, Hermit (Optional Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 41:13-20
Psalm 145:1, 9-13
Matthew 11:11-15

If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God as much as possible and have no other view or end in all our actions but the divine honor.

-- St. Charles Borromeo

Friday, December 10, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 48:17-19
Psalm 1:1-4, 6
Matthew 11:16-19

Those who perish, perish by their own negligence.

-- St Ambrose

Saturday, December 11, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Matthew 17:9, 10-13

May you be praised, O Lord, in all your creatures, especially brother sun, by whom you give us light for the day; he is beautiful, radiating great splendour, and offering us a symbol of you, the Most High. . . May you be praised, my Lord, for sister water, who is very useful and humble, precious and chaste. . . May you be praised, my Lord, for sister earth, our mother, who bears and feeds us, and produces the variety of fruits and dappled flowers and grasses. . . Praise and bless my Lord, give thanks and serve him in all humility.

-- St. Francis of Assisi, Canticle of the Creatures

Sunday, December 12, 2010
Third Sunday of Advent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 35:1-6, 10
Psalm 146:6-10
James 5:7-10
Matthew 11:2-11

Yet if it were a delusion (as you assert) which tells us that the soul is immortal, and that there is a judgment after death and a reward of virtue at the resurrection, and that God is the Judge, we would gladly be carried by such a lie as that, which has taught us to lead good lives awaiting the hope of the future even while suffering adversities.

-- St Apollonius

Monday, December 13, 2010
St. Lucy, Virgin, Martyr (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17
Psalm 25:4-9
Matthew 21:23-27

It is necessary, too, that we shun the occasions which have been the cause of sin. We must have recourse to fervent prayer, receive frequently and worthily the sacraments. He who does this will be sure to persevere.

-- St John Vianney

Tuesday, December 14, 2010
St. John of the Cross, Priest, Doctor of the Church (Memorial)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Zephaniah 3:1-2, 9-13
Psalm 34:2-3, 6-7, 17-19, 23
Matthew 21:28-32

Our Lord's words teach us that though we labour among the many distractions of this world, we should have but one goal. For we are but travellers on a journey without as yet a fixed abode; we are on our way, not yet in our native land; we are in a state of longing, not yet of enjoyment. Do you wish to know what we will have there? The Lord himself tells us when he says of his servants, Amen, I say to you, he will make them recline and passing he will serve them.

-- St. Augustine

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 45:6-8, 18, 21-25
Psalm 85:9-14
Luke 7:18-23

With those who are perfect and walk with simplicity, there is nothing small and contemptible, if it be a thing that pleases God; for the pleasure of God is the object at which alone they aim, and which is the reason, the measure, and the reward of all their occupations, actions, and plans; and so, in whatever they find this, it is for them a great and important thing.

-- St. Alphonsus Rodriguez

Thursday, December 16, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 54:1-10
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
Luke 7:24-30

Vigilance and prayer are the safeguards of chastity. You should pray often and fervently to be preserved from temptations against purity, and for the grace to overcome them.

-- St. John Baptist de la Salle

Friday, December 17, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Genesis 49:2, 8-10
Psalm 72:1-4, 7-8, 17
Matthew 1:1-17

He causes his prayers to be of more avail to himself, who offers them also for others.

-- Pope St. Gregory the Great

Saturday, December 18, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Jeremiah 23:5-8
Psalm 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19
Matthew 1:18-25

Whoever gives himself to work for Christ cannot expect to have a free moment, for even to rest is not to do nothing: it is to relax with activities that require less effort.

-- St. Jose Maria Escriva

Sunday, December 19, 2010
Fourth Sunday of Advent
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-6
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18-24

Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts.

-- St. John Chrysostom

Monday, December 20, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24:1-6
Luke 1:26-38

Read some chapter of a devout book....It is very easy and most necessary, for just as you speak to God when at prayer, God speaks to you when you read.

-- St. Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Song of Solomon 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18
Psalm 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21
Luke 1:39-45

Those who lived according to the old order of things have come to a new hope, no longer keepig the Sabbath, but the Lord's Day, in which our life is blessed by Him and by His death.

-- St. Ignatius of Antioch, Ad Magnesios 9:1

Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 Samuel 1:24-28
1 Samuel 2:1, 4-8
Luke 1:46-56

Everyone argues in favor of the virtue he practices easily, and exaggerates the difficulties of the virtues that are contrary to it.

-- St. Francis de Sales, Love of God

Thursday, December 23, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
Malachi 3:1-4, 23-24
Psalm 25:4-5, 8-10, 14
Luke 1:57-66

Go down into the abyss, you evil appetites! I will drown you lest I myself be drowned!

-- St. Jerome

Friday, December 24, 2010
Advent Weekday
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Luke 1:67-79

The greatest honor God can do a soul is not to give it much, but to ask much of it.

-- St. Therese of Lisieux

Saturday, December 25, 2010
The Nativity of the Lord - Christmas (Solemnity)
Midnight
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:

Dawn
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:

During the Day

First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:

Isaiah 9:1-6
Psalm 96:1-3, 11-13
Titus 2:11-14
Luke 2:1-14


Isaiah 62:11-12
Psalm 97:1, 6, 11-12
Titus 3:4-7
Luke 2:15-20


Isaiah 52:7-10
Psalm 98:1-6
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-14

 

A light shall shine upon us this day: for the Lord is born to us: and He shall be called Wonderful, God, the Prince of Peace, the Father of the world to come: of whose reign there shall be no end.

-- Is. ix. 2, 6

Sunday, December 26, 2010
The Holy Family (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Second Reading:
Gospel:
Sirach 3:2-7, 12-14
Psalm 128:1-5
Colossians 3:12-21 or 3:12-17
Matthew 2:13-15, 19-23

Beside each believer stands an angel as protector and shepherd leading him to life.

-- St. Basil, Adversus Eunomium III

Monday, December 27, 2010
St. John, Apostle, Evangelist (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 1:1-4
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 11-12
John 20:1-8

For almighty God. . ., because he is supremely good, would never allow any evil whatsoever to exist in his works if he were not so all-powerful and good as to cause good to emerge from evil itself.

-- St. Augustine, Enchiridion 3, 11

Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The Holy Innocents, Martyrs (Feast)
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 1:5 -- 2:2
Psalm 124:2-5, 7-8
Matthew 2:13-18

You should never praise anyone until you see how how it turns out in the end.

-- St. Francis of Assisi

Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 2:3-11
Psalm 96:1-6
Luke 2:22-35

Our Lord gives to souls of prayer a deep understanding of Himself. He never deceives them.

-- St. Peter Julian Eymard

Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 2:12-17
Psalm 96:7-10
Luke 2:36-40

The garden of the Lord, brethren, includes - yes, it truly includes - includes not only the roses of martyrs but also the lilies of virgins, and the ivy of married people, and the violets of widows. There is absolutely no kind of human beings, my dearly beloved, who need to despair of their vocation; Christ suffered for all. It was very truly written about him: who wishes all men to be saved, and to come to the acknowledgement of the truth.

-- St. Augustine

Friday, December 31, 2010
The Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas
First Reading:
Psalm:
Gospel:
1 John 2:18-21
Psalm 96:1-2, 11-13
John 1:1-18

What prayer could be more true before God the Father than that which the Son, who is Truth, uttered with His own lips?

-- St. John Chrysostom